The following obituary was published in the Marshall Mountain Wave in 1988.

William Watts

William M. Watts[1] of Sutter died December 9, 1988 in Rideout Hospital. He was 72. An Arkansas native, he lived in Sutter for 35 years[2] and was a retired employee of the State Department of Water Resources.

He was a member of Hammonton Lodge No. 433, F. & A.M.[3] of Sutter.

He is survived by his wife, Tura Watts[4] of Sutter; a son, Ben Watts of Yuba City; three brothers, Vernon Watts of Pioneer, Cash Watts of Sacramento, and Earl Watts of Arkansas; and one grandson.

Services were held at Ullrey Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Robert Williams of North Highlands Missionary Baptist Church and Hammonton Lodge No. 433 F. & A.M. of Sutter officiating.

Burial was in Sutter Cemetery.


[1] William was the son of James Madison Watts and Sylvania Bohannon. His paternal grandparents were Siler Watts and Eliza Ann Graham.

[2] Based on this obituary, William moved to Sutter, California in 1953.

[3] Free and Accepted Masons. Hammonton Lodge No. 433 is now known as Corinthian-Hammonton Lodge No. 9.

[4] Tura Leona Ragland, James’ second wife.


Marshall Mountain Wave, “William Watts,” published 22 December 1988. Retrieved 8 November 2013.

Corinthian-Hammonton Lodge No. 9. Retrieved 8 November 2013.

See Also

For more information about James and his first wife, Louise Gertrude Turner, read the following previous articles: